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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill arrives for a hearing at the state Supreme Court at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Indiana's Republican delegates are continuing to cast their ballots as the time nears to select who will run for state attorney general in November 2020. The spotlight is expected to be on incumbent Hill, who must convince delegates that he deserves a second term despite his misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Indiana GOP AG candidates speak out before ballots come in

Jul. 6, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Republican delegates are casting ballots as the time nears to select who will run for state attorney general in November. The spotlight is on incumbent Indiana Attorney Curtis Hill, who must convince delegates that he deserves a second term despite misconduct...

FILE - In this April 12, 2020, file photo, a woman prays while wearing a face mask before speaking at an Easter drive-in service at the International Church of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. Nevada's lawyers say the 50-person cap the state has placed on worship services due to the coronavirus doesn't infringe on constitutional protections of religious freedom because it doesn't target anyone's ideology or opinion.

Nevada defends church attendance cap in US appeals court

Jul. 1, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for the state of Nevada say the 50-person cap placed on worship services due to the coronavirus doesn’t infringe on constitutional protections of religious freedom because it doesn’t target anyone’s ideology or opinion. “The right to practice religion...

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

High court sparks new battle over church-state separation

Jul. 1, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

The Supreme Court elated religious freedom advocates and alarmed secular groups with its Tuesday ruling on public funding for religious education, a decision whose long-term effect on the separation of church and state remains to be seen. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the high court ruled 5-4 that...

New advertising campaign promotes the First Amendment

Jun. 26, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A third of Americans cannot name even one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, according to Ken Paulson. The director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University aims to change that with a new advertising campaign. No one has ever...

Catholic group sues beach town over ban on Nativity scene

Jun. 25, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Catholic fraternal organization is suing a popular Delaware beach resort in federal court over its decision to end a decadeslong practice of allowing the display of a Christmas Nativity scene on public property. The Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council contends that the 2018...

FILE - In this April 12, 2020, file photo, a woman prays while wearing a face mask before speaking at an Easter drive-in service at the International Church of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. Leaders of the rural Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley in Lyon County, Nev., are pleading with a federal appeals court in to overturn the state's COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings that they say treat them more severely than casinos and other secular activities in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley wants the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to temporarily invalidate Nevada's 50-person cap on church services while the court considers whether to strike it down permanently. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada church presses its fight over coronavirus crowd limit

Jun. 23, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Leaders of a rural Nevada church are asking a federal appeals court to overturn the state’s COVID-19 cap on the size of religious gatherings that they say treat them more severely than casinos and other secular activities in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Calvary Chapel Dayton...

Jewish sleepaway camp operators sue for coronavirus closures

Jun. 22, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A group of Jewish summer camp operators has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his decision to keep overnight camps closed this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Association of Jewish Camp Operators and a group of parents argue that the statewide closure of...

DeWine signs bill expanding religious freedom in schools

Jun. 19, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

A bill expanding religious freedom in Ohio public schools and allowing students to engage in religious expression in their school assignments was signed into law Friday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. The House bill introduced by Republican Rep. Tim Ginter in March 2019 became law after being passed in the...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, people gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court’s Monday ruling shielding LGBT people from employment discrimination dealt a blow to religious conservatives — and was penned by a justice they lauded after his nomination by President Donald Trump. Longtime evangelical conservative leader James Dobson said Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in a statement that what he considers an “abhorrent decision” suggests the nation “is in the midst of a spiritual war over its very heart and soul.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Religious right laments SCOTUS ruling but sees opportunities

Jun. 16, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's decision shielding LGBT people from employment discrimination dealt a blow to religious conservatives — and was penned by a justice they lauded after his nomination by President Donald Trump. The court ruled 6-3 on Monday that prohibitions against sex-based job...

Nevada church renewing challenge of virus attendance cap

Jun. 12, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A rural Nevada church is trying to renew its unsuccessful bid to strike down the state’s cap on the size of religious gatherings, arguing failure to enforce social-distancing guidelines in voter lines during Tuesday’s primary election was further proof churches are being...